Smog at extremely hazardous levels in Shanghai

Dec 6, 2013

Smog at extremely hazardous levels in Shanghai

Shanghai authorities ordered schoolchildren indoors and halted all construction Friday as China’s financial hub suffered one its worst bouts of air pollution, bringing visibility down to a few dozen meters, delaying flights and obscuring the city’s spectacular skyline. The financial district was shrouded in ...

Apr 9, 2013

Smog-eating pavement on greenest street in U.S.

The big rigs rattling past smokestacks sure don’t make this Chicago roadway look like the greenest street in America. But their tires roll over smog-eating pavement, the streetlights run on solar and wind power, the sidewalks were made with recycled concrete, and shrub-filled “bioswales” ...

Yellow sand, Chinese pollutants wreak havoc

Mar 10, 2013

Yellow sand, Chinese pollutants wreak havoc

Yellow sand from China reduced visibility in many parts of the nation Saturday and will continue to drift over the archipelago through Sunday afternoon, the Meteorological Agency said. Visibility was reduced to 5 km in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, and in the city of Saga ...

Mar 9, 2013

Fukuoka gears up for China's smog cloud

The average daily amount of the toxic air pollutant PM2.5 was forecast to reach 42 micrograms per cubic meter in the city of Fukuoka on Friday, topping the national environmental standard of 35 micrograms, city officials said. PM2.5, or hazardous particulate matter measuring below ...

China smog spurs push for alerts

Feb 8, 2013

China smog spurs push for alerts

The Environment Ministry said Friday it plans to create guidelines for municipalities to issue alerts in case of high concentrations of toxic smog amid growing concern that such pollution is spreading to Japan from China. Creating standards for such advisories and warnings, and forging ...

Feb 5, 2013

China's thick smog settling over Japan

The suffocating smog that blanketed swathes of China is now hitting parts of Japan, sparking warnings Monday of health risks for young people and those in poor health. The environment ministry’s website has been overloaded by worried people trying to determine what exactly is ...